Letters to the Editor

Nov 28, 2018

Thoughts on traffic violations

 

First off, a big “thank you” to the Mukilteo Police Department (MPD) for consistently short response times, even to “minor” issues. The officers I’ve encountered have always been courteous, professional, helpful, and good listeners.

Second, we have lived in Mukilteo for 31 years and lately have spent time walking our city streets for exercise. Too often, motorists exceed the posted speed limit, ignore stop signs, and disregard the safety of others. I know this is nothing new and the problem, by the grace of God, hasn’t resulted in fatalities I’m aware of.

In my youth, Mukilteo had a reputation for speed control along the Boulevard that was legendary.  Since then, my perception is that reputation has been lost.

I seem to remember I came across a news article or had a discussion with a knowledgeable person that gave me the idea the MPD might be de-motivated to write traffic tickets due to some (costly, cumbersome, etc.) arrangement with the Everett Municipal Court.

My understanding is Mukilteo traffic violations are funneled through that court. If this is so, what is stopping Mukilteo from establishing its own city court so these matters can be decided “in-house” maybe easing the traffic ticket process?

Is Mukilteo not now big enough to afford its own court?

 

Don Holt

Mukilteo

 

Forest fires and Mukilteo

 

I’ve written in regard to Mukilteo’s forests.

The big West Coast event in 2018 has been forest and brush fires, but locally, a municipal conversation on the subject has been absent. Forest and brush fires always have been a danger on North America’s Pacific Coast.

These usually flare up in late summer, during the “dry season.”  California has had around 70 fires in 2018 alone (see link below). Many of the fires have been in urban areas.

Mukilteo is heavily forested, and I’m concerned about forest management, response readiness, and resident alert/notification, in the event fires occur.

A few questions may help define the risk:

What percentage of Mukilteo is forested, and what types of forest exist in Mukilteo?

Has the city ever conducted a forest fire risk assessment?

What forest management techniques are practiced?

Are there dangers or deficiencies in Mukilteo’s forest management?

What methods will be used to notify/alert residents about Mukilteo forest fires?

Residential damage due to urban fires may require risk mitigation.  The consequences of the risk have risen as developers and residents build structures surrounded by woodland.  Preparation and drills may reassure residents (and insurers) that Mukilteo’s forests and brush are properly managed.

Information can be found at https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2018/fire-tracker/

 

Tim Owen

Mukilteo

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